Wounded Chippa a tough challenge, says Ajax mentor

AJAX Cape Town coach Roger de Sa says Chippa United’s poor recent form makes them dangerous opponents ahead of their Premier Soccer League clash in Cape Town on Friday.

Chippa were dumped out of the Nedbank Cup at the weekend by third-tier Natal United to extend their winless run to nine matches, but De Sa, whose own side have not won in the league in seven games, says desperation for success and the hurt following the cup loss could spell trouble for his team.

“It can make them a lot more dangerous. All they have to play for now is the league and to get a good league position at the end of the season,” De Sa said. “They are a club that wants to make the top eight as well and I believe they will come out here and have a full go.”

Ajax were in the top three for the first third of the league campaign but have slipped badly, though their home form remains strong.

Last season this would have been a local derby, but Chippa have since moved to Port Elizabeth, perhaps taking some of the sting out of the contest.

“We were sad when they moved, we thought it would be good for Cape Town football to have another PSL team, but they made that decision,” De Sa said.

“We struggled to get a point from them in the first round. We managed to get a late goal and snatch a draw. They are a difficult team to play against. They are well organised there with Ernst [Middendorp]. We will have to be at our best.”

De Sa said although he was pleased with the club record 9-1 victory over Mainstay United in the Nedbank Cup on Sunday, he admitted the team’s finishing was again below standard.

“We should have scored 15 if we are being honest with ourselves,” he said.

-Nick Said

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